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5 microadventures for busy people


Lauren Moseley By Lauren Moseley

A microadventure is an accessible adventure that anyone can do in a tight timeframe and one which requires little (or no) specialist equipment. Low in cost and time, microadventures have become incredibly popular with busy working people.

Due to my busy life, I've condensed this microadventure concept down further, pretty much as far as it can go, squeezing in mini adventures here there and everywhere! I'm lucky if I have a matter of minutes spare in a day, I nearly always have a two year old tagging along and I certainly don't have a massive budget to blow on trips and equipment.

Here's a few ideas for microadventures that can be done in under an hour. Some of them require a bit of planning, but they can easily be done on the way to work, in your lunchbreak, or in a spare hour at the weekend.

man walking on hill

1. Have a cup of tea/coffee outside

Depending on your location, why don't you head to your local park, or a nearby forest or beach and enjoy the scenery with your cuppa. Make your drink at home and take it in an insulated mug so it will stay warm whilst you walk or support your local coffee shop. Enjoying your lunchtime tea or coffee whilst walking outside will set you up nicely for the afternoon and you'll feel far more awake.

2. Draw a circle around your home or work and go!

This one takes a little forethought but is easy to do with limited time, plus planning adventures is a lot of fun! You can really set your own agenda here depending on your location. Grab yourself an Ordnance Survey map ,find your home and draw a circle around it, being realistic in the distance you can cover within the time you have.

OS Explorer Map

OS Explorer Map

In an urban setting, you could hunt out as many churches, bus stops, post boxes, people wearing hats, whatever you like, in an hour or so. If you're more rural, you could look for flowers, birds, trees or cows. Or, you could just walk, run or cycle as much of the circle as you can. It's your microadventure, your rules.

3. Walk the perimeter of a grid square

This is another adventure that starts with an OS map, as all the best ones do! Use an OS Explorer map and a square should equate to 4km, ideal for an hour’s stroll. All you have to do is choose your square and walk the perimeter as closely as possible. This is a great microadventure to do in an urban setting, so perfect for lunchtime strolls.

woman running shoes

If you prefer to run or cycle, why not go for two squares, either as a perimeter journey or even a figure of eight. To enjoy this microadventure time and time again, set yourself a challenge of improving the time it takes you to walk, run or cycle each square. The more you do it, the faster you'll become!

Shop OS paper maps

4. Watch the sunrise

So you have to get up early for this one, but that means that it won't eat into your day too much. You can have an adventure and then go to work/school/back to bed as you wish! Again, a bit of planning is needed to choose your route and check the time of the sunrise, but it shouldn't take too long.


The beauty of this is you can make it your own. Think about the best spots to watch sunrise (or sunset!), like the beach or a hill, and find a short walk where you'll be able take in the views. Why not bring a bacon butty with you? Or, you could even try and forage or catch some breakfast if you have the skills!

Find routes in OS Maps

5. Find one geocache, or as many as you can in an hour

There are some great apps out there for encouraging people to get outside (including our very own GetOutside app!). Geocaching is another obvious choice, but if Pokémon Go or Gruffalo hunting is more your style, then go for it. Let's take Geocaching. Set yourself a target to reach as many Geocache locations in 60 minutes. This is the perfect microadventure for the whole family involved in, you can even make it competitive if that helps!

Geocache Guide to Geocaching

I hope this has given you a few ideas to help you get outside. Adventures don't have to include mountains or near death experiences to be worthwhile, in fact I find that the small, everyday adventures are every bit as important. For more low-cost ideas on how to spend time outside, download the GetOutside app.

Edited: 17.02.2021

Lauren Moseley By Lauren Moseley


Lauren is a mum of one and a lover of the outdoors. She first started her blog as a way of documenting all the camping trips, walks and days out that she and her family have enjoyed.

The blog developed into an award nominated blog, with Lauren priding herself on making adventures and exploration as accessible as possible for everyone, regardless of experience or budget and regularly writing up her top tips and weekly trips.

You can find out about Lauren's adventures at http://thehelpfulhiker.com